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Coffee cup philosophy

| May 10, 2005
A recap.<br />Woke up, got out of bed.<br />Dragged a comb across my head.<br />Found my way downstairs and...<br />...figured I could use one of those grande mocha frappucinos they sell down the street. Lately, humorist Tim Bedore has been getting an extra kick out of his morning cuppa joe...

Immigrant healthcare

| May 10, 2005
For years now, hospitals in border states have complained about the high cost of treating illegal immigrants. Now Washington's offering some relief. The Feds will put up $250 million dollars for the next four years. The money's supposed to help reimburse doctors and hospitals providing emergency treatment to undocumented aliens. But, as Helen Palmer reports from the Health Desk at WGBH, that's not nearly enough to cover actual costs.
Posted In: Canada

CAFTA in trouble

| May 10, 2005
Leaders of five Central American countries, plus the Dominican Republic, are in Washington this week. They're trying to lobby U-S lawmakers to approve the Central American Free Trade Agreement. CAFTA, as it's called, is designed to lower quotas and tariffs. It's one of the Bush administration's top trade priorities this year. But as Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports, the deal could be in trouble on Capitol Hill.
Posted In: Canada

Mississippi education

| May 10, 2005
Former Netscape CEO Jim Barksdale has made an offer to his native Mississippi, one that might sound almost too good to pass up. Barksdale's promising to endow $50 million dollars in grants for Mississippi students...on one condition. The legislature has to fully fund the state's public schools. Mississippi currently ranks 49th in per pupil spending. But lawmakers adjourned last month without an education budget for the upcoming fiscal year. So where does this leave the 'Barksdale challenge'? From Marketplace's Work and Family Desk, Sarah Gardner reports.

Mississippi Schools

| May 10, 2005
The former CEO of Netscape is stirring things up in his home state of Mississippi. Jim Barksdale recently said he'd give 50 million dollars in cash grants to Mississippi students, if state lawmakers would fully fund the public schools. In a poor state like MIssissippi you might think lawmakers pounced on the offer. As Sarah Gardner reports, you'd be wrong.

E-Commerce Buzzwords

| May 10, 2005
Consumers and online businesses have a new problem to grapple with: a scam called pharming. Curt Nikisch reports. Then, there's another term that's becoming more common now among Internet retailers. It's called long-tail. Commentator Tom Standage of the Economist Magazine explains.

Ameritrade merger

| May 9, 2005
E-Trade's in talks about a possible merger with rival Ameritrade. The price tag... more than $5.5 billion dollars. Sounds like a perfect marriage. If the two companies got together, they'd barely even have to change the letterhead. But there's more to it than just cutting down on printing costs, according to reporter Dennis Berman of the Wall Street Journal:
Posted In: Wall Street

Post foster care

| May 9, 2005
May is National Foster Care Month. The foster care system is supposed to care for children who are abused or neglected or whose parents can't care for them. But a recent study of foster care alums finds many end up hurt by the system that was supposed to protect them. And once they turn 18, they're on their own--often without the skills they need to fend for themselves. The damage takes both an emotional and economic toll. Marketplace's Hillary Wicai reports from the work and family desk:

NYSE liquidity

| May 9, 2005
The planned merger between the New York Stock Exchange and the electronic trading firm Archipelago is being challenged in court. A retired broker named William Higgins--who owns an exchange seat--says he and other seat owners should be getting more cash out of the deal. He's accusing NYSE execs of &quot;grossly undervaluing&quot; the exchange. Meanwhile the man behind the deal--NYSE chief John Thain--said today the lights on the exchange's famous floor won't be going out anytime soon. Marketplace's Bob Moon has that story:
Posted In: Wall Street

MFA vs MBA

| May 9, 2005
Business schools will be launching their graduates into the real world over the next few weeks. Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan speaks at Wharton's commencement this Sunday. Pepsico's president will do the honors at Columbia Business School next Wednesday. General Electric's CEO Jeff Immelt shares his thoughts with the graduating class at the Harvard Business School in June. These stars are all at the top of their game. But commentator Dan Pink says an MBA won't necessarily get you there:

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